Ictus performs Songs of Despair and Hope, from A Journey Beyond Time (2003), a series of Afro-American spirituals which the American composer George Crumb arranged and harmonised. His (amplified) piano music – here executed by Jean-Luc Fafchamps – is played both on and inside the instrument.
Add four percussionists and this ‘extended’ piano playing becomes a kind of hall of mirrors in which everything wavers, reflects and doubles up.
Crumb’s music evokes images of fictitious worlds, lost memories and forgotten rituals.
Anger Dance Henry Cowell
Aeolian Harp Henry Cowell
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs John Cage
A Flower John Cage
Exultation Henry Cowell
American Song Book II George Crumb